PJ Mayhem is a Sydney based writer and dachshund wrangler, who swore she’d never write a romance—yet here we are! In her time as a copywriter for a natural therapies college, she didn’t once hear anyone utter the words ‘Oh my Buddha’, but there was much talk of signs. Her favourite thing to do is laugh out loud, and that’s what she hopes her writing will make people do.
ABOUT THE BOOK
PJ’s new book, Call Me Kismet was published in February this year. It’s an adult humorous chick lit that also appeals to me who have given it some great reviews.
Kismet’s destined to fall in love … but that’s not the future she had in mind. With all signs pointing to the one person who isn’t interested, fate is going to need a helping hand—if she’s to trust it at all …
Fiona Johnson has embraced spirituality, taken on the name Kismet and considers her love life to be a past life. Or she did … until her Energetic and Spiritual Healer throws everything into disarray when she sees a soul mate in Kismet’s aura, launching Kismet on a mission to fulfil her romantic destiny. Enter the Singing Fruitologist.
It’s going to take a lot more than affirmations and Lovers Oracle cards to force the hand of fate and deal with the havoc that Situation Singing Fruitologist causes in Kismet’s life—it’s going to take an entire Spiritual Support Pit Crew… And even then, is it really written in the stars or can she create her own destiny?
Call Me Kismet is a delightful and hilarious romantic comedy about faith, friendship and finding yourself.
THIS INSPIRATION FOR CALL ME KISMET
I’d tried to write another novel but through a writing group at Writing NSW I really found my voice and learnt to embrace my style and love of quirky characters. Call Me Kismet marries this, my love of music and my many years’ experience working for a natural therapies college, I realised I had to write what I knew, what I loved and what made me laugh. It really stemmed from there.
PJ’S FIVE FABULOUS WRITING TIPS
- I’ve often heard it said that the book we think we’re writing isn’t the book we end up writing, and that is very true of Call Me Kismet. Approach your story as you would a mystery tour!
- As writers our lives are a collection of incidents, experiences and observations waiting to be turned into stories. I thought about what unique experiences I’d had and the environments I’d been in and how these could be used to layer into a novel.
- I really wanted to write something fun and different, so tried to write a story that had quite a few qualities /aspects that I’d not ever seen in other stories (but I think this is what all authors try to achieve).
- My imagination has a natural groove that it runs down – in my case quirky humour. My tip is to find what you’re drawn to and work with that. It makes your writing more real and enjoyable for you as the writer and ultimately the reader.
- Not really advice I’d give but one reason I came to write it – I was in a job I couldn’t stand, so much so that I put everything I had into writing the story, welcoming it as a complete distraction at the end of the day no matter how exhausted I was and spent every lunch time immersed in it.
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